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Golden Gate Selected for the 2014 National Geographic BioBlitz

Black-tailed deer (Jessica Weinberg)

The Golden Gate National Parks have been selected for the next BioBlitz, an opportunity for the public to participate in documenting the parks’ amazing biodiversity. Mark your calendars for two days of fun, exploration, and science on March 28–29, 2014! more >>


October 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Origins of Feathers

Bluebird

Feathers are a uniquely avian adaptation—or are they? While feathers can only be seen on birds today, evidence has shown that many dinosaurs also had feathers. Read on to learn about the variety—and possible purposes—of dinosaur feathers. more >>


August 2013 | Leave a comment

How the Enigmatic Ensatina Sheds Light on “Species”

Ensatina (Joe DiDonato)

Learn how populations of the Ensatina split in the Central Valley and discover how this little salamander—the textbook definition of a “ring species”—vividly illustrates how nature frustrates the human compulsion to classify and categorize species. more >>


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What Is a Species?

Song Sparrow

Even Charles Darwin, the preeminent biologist, had trouble defining a species. The more we learn, the harder it gets. Life does not always supply black-and-white categories—which can impact how we conserve and protect the species around us. more >>


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Let’s Get Together: Mixed Species Flocks

Downy woodpecker

We often think about members of a species gathered together, such as “a gaggle of geese,” or a “pack of wolves.” But there are also examples of different species coming together, often to hunt or avoid being hunted. Read on to learn about one animal alliance. more >>


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Who Says We Don’t Have Seasons?

Milagra Ridge (Mason Cummings)

If you are a longtime resident of the Bay Area or another temperate location, you have probably heard somebody complain about the “lack of seasons.” And while you might not be able to make a snowman here, winter can still be experienced in our parks. What are the signs of the season? more >>


January 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Top 10 Creepiest Critters in the Parks

Jerusalem Cricket

Life is not all river otters and coyote pups. Some organisms in these national parks simply give us the heebie-jeebies—justifiably or not. With Halloween a few days away, here’s our list of the scariest and grossest creatures. For the squeamish, turn away. For the stout-hearted, read on—if you dare. more >>


November 2012 | 10 Comments | Leave a comment

When Day Fades Away, Bats Come Out to Play

Little Brown Bat

Have you ever looked up at the twilight sky to see an erratic flutter of wings? Maybe you tried to convince yourself that it was just a sparrow, but chances are what you actually saw was a little brown bat. Although bats carry a loathsome reputation, humans derive a great benefit from these tiny creatures. more >>


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Exploding the Myth of the Raptor Peak Week

Exploding the Myth of the Raptor Peak Week

The fall raptor season is upon us, and that means Peak Week is coming quickly. What is Peak Week, you ask? Peak Week is the mini-season of absolute high-count, high-banding days each year at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. more >>


September 2012 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

It's "Awww"gust: Baby Season in the Parks

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With cute baby animals out and about, now’s a great time to explore your Golden National Parks. Click to see a slideshow of some of the parks’ budding young stars, and then gather up your own little ones for an “awww”-some park adventure. more >>


August 2012 | 3 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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